New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Shanle engages 49ers fans on Twitter

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Feb 7, 2010; Miami, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon (85) runs past New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Shanle (58) during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Shanle seems to be not only defense, but offense as well.  It was a certain comment by San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner that Shanle actually drew “offense” to and then proceeded to go, well, on the offensive.

Whitner will be remembered by Saints fans as the player who tackled running back Pierre Thomas early on in the  NFC Divisional Playoff Game this year and resulted in Thomas leaving the game.

It has been a sore subject with fans because of the effect it had on altering the Saints gameplan and also because the tackle seemed to almost involve Whitner launching at Thomas and providing what appeared to be a helmet to helmet hit.

Whitner’s comment picked a scab that the fanbase and Saints are still dealing with involving the bounty program alleged in an investigation by the NFL.  He told Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group:

“If you have the right type of guys in that (defensive) room, you don’t have to set bounties or pay money for guys to play physical and play hard.  It’s going to come naturally. That’s the type of guys we have on our defense”

It was apparently a shot at former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams now infamous, “Kill the head” pre-game speech and also a jab at the Saints defense saying they needed an incentive to perform.

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